Tag Archive: social justice

Interviews: Leah Bolger

Leah Bolger joined the U.S. Navy in 1980 and received her commission as an Ensign from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. Her duty stations included such disparate locations as Iceland, Bermuda, Japan and Tunisia, as well as stateside tours in Texas, Rhode Island and Virginia. She received her master’s degree in national security and strategic affairs from the Naval…
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The Future of Sex Work

Is sex work a legitimate form of employment or is it inherently a form of oppression?    What is involved in extending human rights protection to sex workers? On May 28th at 4pm in Milam 319, we will explore these questions.   Our panel discussion seeks to examine sex work through the lens of social justice and discuss the intersection of…
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Lessons from what Cesar Chavez did right — and wrong

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The recent release of Cesar Chavez: An American Hero, and the premiere of the documentary Cesar’s Last Fast at the Sundace Film Festival, give us new opportunities to reflect on the lessons of Chavez’s life of activism. While his charismatic leadership turned him into a powerful force for justice, an unyielding grip on his position of authority ultimately weakened the…
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Transformation without Apocalypse – Episode #2: Susana Almanza

On February 14th and 15th, the Spring Creek Project sponsored a symposium entitled “Transformation Without Apocalypse:  How to Live Well on an Altered Planet.”  The second keynote presentation was given by Susana Almanza. Susana Almanza is the Co-Director of People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER), and is one of three co-chairs for the Southwest Network for…
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What the climate justice movement can learn from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

By José-Antonio Orosco and originally published in the Times of Trenton guest opinion column on January 20, 2014. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. One of the most striking aspects of his acceptance speech is the hope he expressed in humanity’s ability to overcome war. This was no mere idealism on his part. Less…
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Higher Education in Mexico

Mtro. Enrique Fuentes Flores from the Universidad Latina de América presented a wonderful lecture at Oregon State University on October 30th 2013 that focused on the trends of higher education in Mexico, as well as its challenges. In a nation with many social and political challenges, universities are attempting to provide Mexican society with professionals who can respond to current…
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Liberation Leadership

In a dynamic presentation on October 25th, American social justice activist and writer Chris Crass spoke at Oregon State University on the topic of social justice vision and leadership. Chris Crass has written and spoken widely about anti-racist organizing, lessons from women of color feminism, strategies to build visionary movements, and leadership for liberation. His book Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist…
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Higher education in Mexico: The Challenges

Join us for a noontime event and discussion with Mtro. Enrique Fuentes Flores from the Universidad Latina de América on Wednesday, Oct 30th at Noon in the Memorial Union Journey Room. In a nation with many social and political challenges, universities are attempting to provide Mexican society with professionals who can respond to current conditions in responsive, creative new ways. But…
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Bill Ritchey – The Creativity of Occupy

Social movements generate art, music, and innovative social forms. They open up possibilities for a different future. Bill Ritchey, a founding participant of Occupy Portland, spoke at Oregon State University about the creative activist imagination, the social and political ideas generated by Occupy movement, and how that movement has continued to inspire on-going social justice projects.